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Tottenham face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night in the Champions League final, and centre back Toby Alderweireld believes his side are as prepared as they can be.
It is dubbed the biggest game in club football, and is arguably the biggest game in Tottenham Hotspur history. Manager Mauricio Pochettino can kick off his trophy cabinet as a manager with one of the most coveted in the world.
Alderweireld spoke to the media ahead of the game, explaining how his side have spent the weeks since the end of the Premier League physically and mentally preparing for war in Madrid.
“In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been trying like animals,” he said.
“We’re trying to give our best every day – that is the way we need to work to be in our best state for the final.
“Everybody wants to be there, to be involved and give their best, and the final is not going to start Saturday – it started two weeks ago.”
Despite feeling the heartache of a loss in the Champions League final in 2014, when his Atletico Madrid side lost to bitter rivals Real Madrid, Alderweireld believes his current teammates can handle the pressure.
“I think we have quite a mature group, so I don’t have to talk too much. A lot of players have played in really big games, World Cups and stuff like this, so we know what to do,”